by Haleigh Jones
If you haven’t met Matthew Rittmayer, well, you should. His contributions to the DAYL and other bars grow every year. He is always willing to share a laugh or joke. But, most importantly, he has dedicated his career, and volunteers his free time, to represent the underserved elderly population of Texas.
Matthew was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Emory University in 2004 and is a past President of the Emory DFW Alumni Chapter. Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2009.
Matthew joined Sharpe & Associates in January of 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Matthew’s practice focused on business litigation. He now uses his wealth of hands-on experience in all aspects in litigation, to assist clients with navigating probate, estate administration, guardianship, trust modifications, and other actions in the courts involving wills and trusts. Additionally, Matthew assists with estate planning and asset protection management. His skills as a lawyer have earned him recognition by his peers, who have named him to the Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Matthew is currently a Co-Chair of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Elder Law Committee. Matthew’s leadership on that committee has been instrumental in expanding its role in the DAYL and its impact on the Dallas-area elderly community. Matthew is also a member of the 2018 DAYL Leadership Class, where his impact has been equally significant.
Matthew’s bar leadership is not limited to the DAYL—he is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and Texas Bar College. Despite keeping busy with these activities, Matthew volunteers at free legal clinics to offer estate planning services to Dallas citizens in need of counsel.
In short, Matthew is the kind of person who quietly, patiently, and abjectly represents the underserved without any expectation for reward. He has become a champion and friend of the DAYL who many hold dear. We sincerely thank Matthew for his service and recognize him as January’s “One to Watch!” Congratulations, Matthew!